Johnson Co. stampedes Highlanders

By Matt Hill

   It was a doubleheader sweep with Jon Westphal's name on it for the Johnson County baseball team Monday afternoon.
   Westphal earned the victory in both contests against the Cloudland Highlanders, which were 15-2 and 13-0 victories for the Longhorns.
   Westphal pitched all five innings of the opening game and the first three innings of the second game. In eight innings of work, Westphal gave up just two runs, four hits and struck out 14 batters.
   Westphal's inspiration for these two games came about from a loss to Cloudland last year.
   "We had a little redemption against these boys from last year," said Westphal who had a couple of rough outings before these two contests, so it was also a little redemption for him personally. "I felt real comfortable today. I haven't been on the mound in awhile. Last couple of games I've had a little bit of trouble, but today was a good day."
   When Westphal left after the third inning of game two, Michael Davis and Jesse Jenkins picked up right where Westphal left off.
   Davis retired the side in the fourth after having to throw only seven pitches. Jenkins, a talented freshman, closed it out by giving up just one hit.
   Johnson County head coach Pete Pavusek was very pleased with his team's pitching.
   "We've had plenty of rest, so pitching shouldn't be a problem," Pavusek said. "We've had 10 days off. Pitchers should be fine. We'll see what happens these next 11 games in 10 days or whatever we play. I feel good about Westphal. He never says anything, and never gets down on himself. He's just got a good attitude, even when he loses. He's still real positive, and listens to every word we say. I'm just so proud of him. I'm glad he got a couple of wins tonight."
   The hitting wasn't bad either for Johnson County. In the second inning of the first game, the Longhorns scored eight runs in the frame, including a solo homer by Adam Leonard.
   "We hit the ball pretty well for not seeing any live pitching over the last few days," Pavusek said.
   While the Longhorns were pretty happy with their performance, it was rough day for the 'Landers and first-year head coach Robby Turbyfill.
   "We've got a better ball team than we showed today," Turbyfill said. "At times we hit the ball well, and then at times we went against some pitches that we just can't hit. The pitcher they had at first was a good pitcher. He threw strikes and we didn't. I think we walked 11 people in the first game. You can't do that and be competitive."
   The Longhorns and Highlanders are now both 5-7 on the year.